Fostering innovation in social work and social education degrees: multilingual environment and tools for social change

Maria Tereza L. Cavalcante, Gisela Riberas, Genoveva Rosa

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Abstract

The article presents an innovative educative experience in higher education in Spain that combines methodology, content and new technologies in a multilingual environment. It presents an experience of implementing a subject called International Perspectives on Social Innovation in Social Work and Social Education degrees. By using the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) model, the subject aimed to promote problem-solving and creative thinking among students. To this end, students developed a project using Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a tool used to promote change and innovation in organizations. The objective was to provide a broader outlook on social intervention or social action and to enhance student’s knowledge and their willingness to build society and shape key values. In order to accomplish its goals, the subject fostered the use of innovative ideas and technologies and offered a multilingual working environment. Results have shown a predisposition to adopt new technologies in their professional life as the final products reflected a very positive image of the perspectives of innovations in the social sector as well as their willingness to innovate as future professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number31
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Appreciative inquiry
  • Content and language integrated learning
  • Educational Technologies
  • Higher education
  • Innovation
  • Social innovation

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